Introduction and God’s Election of Israel 1 What follows is divine revelation. The word of the Lord came to Israel through Malachi:2 “I have shown love to you,” says the Lord, but you say, “How have you shown love to us?”“Esau was Jacob’s brother,” the Lord explains, “yet I chose Jacob 3 and rejected Esau. […]
Malachi was the last of the prophets, and is supposed to have prophesied B.C. 420. He reproves the priests and the people for the evil practices into which they had fallen, and invites them to repentance and reformation, with promises of the blessings to be bestowed at the coming of the Messiah. And now that prophecy was to cease, he speaks clearly of the Messiah, as nigh at hand, and directs the people of God to keep in remembrance the law of Moses, while they were in expectation of the gospel of Christ.
The Sacrilege of the Priestly Message 1 “Now, you priests, this commandment is for you. 2 If you do not listen and take seriously the need to honour my name,” says the Lord who rules over all, “I will send judgment on you and turn your blessings into curses – indeed, I have already done […]
1 “I am about to send my messenger, who will clear the way before me. Indeed, the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his temple, and the messenger of the covenant, whom you long for, is certainly coming,” says the Lord who rules over all.2 Who can endure the day of his coming? […]
1 “For indeed the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. “It will not leave even a root or branch. 2 But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication will […]